Masters programs for Social Work

ssThe master's degree in social work offered by our department is designed to educate advanced social work practitioners who can meet complex client needs within a diversity of public and private human service settings and who can perform in a variety of roles using multiple social work practice methodologies. This course of study prepares the student learner for autonomous social work practice at multiple levels of intervention as well as for doctoral study in social work and related human service arenas.


The MSW Program only opens up once a year in the Fall Semester. Applications are usually due in early February. Please go directly to our in order to get details on:

  • Prerequisites
  • GRE Testing
  • Title IV-E Program
  • Informational Sessions


Admission to the MSW program is competitive. We have many more applicants than we can accept in a given year’s class. We encourage you to attend the information sessions and discuss with the co-chairs of the admissions committee how you might present the strongest application possible. Since an offer of admission can never be assured, you should also consider other options such as applying to other programs (MSW or related areas). If you do not receive an offer of admission, you might consider further strengthening of your academic or work/volunteer experience records.

We do not have “rolling” or “early admissions” so there is no specific advantage to submitting your application packet earlier in the application period. You should use the time you need to put together the strongest materials possible and submit it by the deadline.


After the admissions committee has reviewed all of the applications, you will be notified of their decision by regular mail; no information is given over the telephone.

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by bojo

I'm interested in going back to school for a Masters Degree. I have been looking into social work programs but am discouraged by the low pay in the profession--although I don't plan to be rich, I would like to at least make a reasonably comfortable living, and I don't think I'll achieve that as a social worker. I also know many people with the degree who left the field due to burnout.
I'm wondering what other degrees I might consider that would be in a similar vein but give me more flexibility and higher pay than social work. One person mentioned a Masters in Public you guys have any more suggestions? I am interested in helping people and perhaps doing therapy or working in a hospital or university in some capacity

I work in an office that has two programs, and

by Amadine

Both have social workers on staff. While nobody's getting rich, these folks are really into their jobs, really into their clients, and go the distance for their directors.
They do alot of program development, alot of fundraising (some of it very social).
I'd guess what issues/programs you want to work towards would impact how deep a committment you make. Where you end up working; what you Masters focuses on; if you luck ou and find a great program to work for, etc etc

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Robin Hasler, a recent graduate of Wayne State University's Master's program in Social Work, decided that setting up a scholarship program in her husband's name to benefit a graduating senior of his alma mater would be a great way to honor his memory.